Chapter 18

       Later when they were eating, Li Zhenran asked a lot of things about Yu Bingwei’s filming.

       Yu Bingwei gave him a gift, and of course, Li Zhenran wanted to repay the gift. Yu Bingwei didn’t want his money and didn’t let him give her another cat. But in her heart, she still looked forward to Li Zhenran giving her a bigger gift in return.

       Li Zhenran didn’t say anything at the time, but afterwards, Li Zhenzi hinted to Yu Bingwei that his second brother took this matter to his heart and would definitely not wrong her.

       After eating, Li Zhenran got up and walked directly out. Yu Bingwei was surprised to see the cat jump off the chair and ran out at Li Zhenran’s feet.

       She turned her head somewhat bewildered and asked Li Zhenzi, “What did your second brother put in Dumpling?”

       Li Zhenzi said, “Put in what? Do you think he put in a magical potion to hold Dumpling under a spell? How would I know?”

       But after a while, he said, “This cat is quite smart, like a child.”

       Yu Bingwei had raised Li Zhenruo for almost a month, but she never noticed it.

       Walking out of the restaurant door, Li Zhenran said goodbye to them. When he was about to get in the car, Yu Bingwei suddenly stopped him.

       Yu Bingwei said, “By the way, Mr. Li, I asked someone before and they said that if you want to neuter male cats, it is best to do it six months before it reached sexual maturity. I calculated the time, if you want to operate on Dumpling, you should do it after two weeks.”

       Li Zhenruo suddenly flew into a rage and stood up. He didn’t expect to be exposed, and he couldn’t hold back a threatening roar at Yu Bingwei.

       Who used to say how pathetic it was to castrate him and would not sterilize him? It’s a shame he still liked Yu Bingwei so much. As a result, now that they were separated, she dared to turn around and even stab him. As expected, the most poisonous thing was a woman’s heart!

       Yu Bingwei was startled by him. She looked at him and forgot to say anything for a moment.

       Li Zhenran said calmly, “Thank you for reminding me. I will arrange the time.”

       After saying that, he bent down to pick Li Zhenruo up and got into the car.

       Li Zhenruo’s heart was in a mess and he couldn’t calm down for a long time. He was nervous, thinking that Li Zhenran would arrange a time, suddenly raised his paw and grabbed Li Zhenran’s sleeve.

       “What are you doing?” Li Zhenran glanced at him.

       “Meow!” If Li Zhen wants to communicate with Li Zhenran and make sure not to take him to neuter.

       Of course, they can’t communicate with words.

       Li Zhenran looked at him and after a while said, “Can you understand what she just said?”

       Li Zhenruo was taken aback, and asked in his heart, Should I pretend not to understand? But on second thought, who would have imagined whether he understood it or not, so he shouted again, “Meow!”

       Li Zhenran propped his chin with one hand and said to him, “Surgery must be done, otherwise it will be uncomfortable when you are in rut1an annual period of sexual activity in deer and some other mammals, during which the males fight each other for access to the females., you know?”

       He knew, but he still didn’t want to do it.

       But he had no way to express his wishes to Li Zhenran. He could only express to him that he was upset. After meowing for a while and seeing that it bore no effect, Li Zhenruo jumped off the back seat and hid in the corner of the carriage, feeling depressed.

       When they came home in the evening, Li Zhenruo heard that Li Zhenran really called Hua Yibang and asked him to make an appointment for a pet hospital to sterilize Li Zhenruo.

       At that moment, as a former man, and a male cat now, it is not an exaggeration to say that the sky has fallen.

       He didn’t go into Li Zhenran’s room all night, and in his heart, he was thinking how deep Yu Bingwei had stabbed him. If Li Zhenran insists on sterilizing him, then his only choice is to leave the Li family and never come back.

       He would rather go out and be a stray cat.

       However, he didn’t know that it was very difficult for a Garfield cat wandering outside to survive, because their mouth is too short, so it was very difficult to catch food.

       Li Zhenruo was struggling on his side, but Li Zhenran had already set him a time for surgery.

       Li Zhenruo overheard the phone call between him and Hua Yibang, but it was not like Li Zhenran was making a call behind his back. After the time had been decided, Li Zhenruo felt that it was useless to ask Li Zhenran this time. The only way if he wanted to avoid it was to leave Li’s house.

       It had been nearly half a year since he became a cat, and he could finally sneak into Li’s house. He hadn’t got any clues about who killed him, but now he had to face the risk of not being able to continue to be a man.

       He wanted to escape this time, and then came back after two days. He wondered if Li Zhenran would forgive him and be understanding enough to not let him go through with this surgery?

       Li Zhenruo was in a mess. Early in the morning of the scheduled operation, he slipped out of the small building and went directly to the garage to lie low.

       The garage was dimly lit. When Li Zhentai’s driver came to drive the car, he took advantage while the other person opened the door and came out to take something to get in and hide himself in the passenger’s seat. This time he remembered to pull back his tail.

       No one noticed him.

       Later when it was time for breakfast, Li Zhenran began to look for the cat everywhere.

       Everyone was at a loss, no one knew where the cat at home had gone.

       Li Zhenruo took a deep breath and waited silently.

       Until Li Zhentai finished his meal and got into the car to go to the company, no one at home found him.

       After the driver started the car, Li Zhentai sat in the back seat and said with some amusement, “The second child is looking for his cat everywhere.”

       The driver replied after hearing the words, “It’s not like he’s in a rut and slipped out, right?”

       Li Zhentai smiled and said, “Ouch, that’s a bad coincidence. He should have sent it to operate it yesterday.”

       However the small talk was nothing but a joke, Li Zhentai obviously didn’t care about Li Zhenruo. He was never mentioned on the road after that.

       Li Zhenruo who lay under the seat didn’t know how far he drove out. He just felt that time had passed for a long time, and no one had noticed him yet. In the end, he could be at ease.

       But he still lay motionless and didn’t make a sound.

       Once Li Zhentai arrived at the company, he opened the rear door and got off.

       Li Zhenruo didn’t hesitate and rushed out all of a sudden.

       Li Zhentai was taken aback and said, “What?”

       The driver quickly turned his head only to see the back of Li Zhenruo running vigorously. He hurriedly pulled the door to get out of the car, and said, “Isn’t this the cat the second young master was looking for? When did it get into the car?”

       Li Zhentai subconsciously followed towards him, but Li Zhenruo ran out of sight in an instant.

       He stood still and when he came back to his senses. He then pulled out his cell phone to call Li Zhenran.

       Li Zhenruo ran wildly and found an empty corner to hide himself. After making sure that Li Zhentai hadn’t found him, he came out again quietly.

       He didn’t run out on impulse. In addition to hiding from Li Zhenran for two days, he also planned to go to a place, which was the appraisal office where he and Li Jianglin’s paternity were tested. But he didn’t know, could a cat go in and find some evidence smoothly?

       Maybe it’ll be a bit difficult, but won’t there always be no hope if you don’t try?

       Li Zhenruo jumped to the fountain pond on the side of the road, took a sip of water, and then jumped down and walked towards the bus stop.

       It’s impossible to ride a taxi, but it might be possible to ride a bus.

       He stood at the bus stop and looked for the bus route he wanted to take.

       Two elementary school students were standing on the side of the road with their school bags on their backs, pointing at him, “Look at that cat looking at the stop sign!”

       “Idiot! How can a cat understand the stop sign?”

       Li Zhenruo thought: Idiot! Who told you that cats can’t read stop signs?

       He found the bus he wanted to take and hid behind the crowd. After a while, the bus stopped at the bus stop. Li Zhenruo didn’t go to the front door but took advantage of the opened back door. When passengers got off the bus, Li Zhenruo rushed up.

       The passenger who had sharp eyes screamed, and everyone around was asking what’s wrong.

       The man came back to his senses and saw a cat looking at him pitifully with round eyes, patted his chest and said, “I thought it was a big mouse, but it turned out to be a cat.”

       At this time, it was the morning rush hour. The driver heard the commotion but couldn’t squeeze behind to see. When the passengers were all inside, he closed the car door and set off.

       Li Zhenruo took a shower last night, and he just got out of Li Zhentai’s car today. Right now his whole cat body was still clean, coupled with his honest and cute appearance, some children wanted to reach out and touch him.

       He refused to be touched, jumped from under the feet of the crowd to under the rear seats, and lay down quietly.

       After five stops, Li Zhenruo arrived at his destination. He got off behind the crowd, got out of the car, and ran to the street.

       This was the downtown area. Morning time was the time when the stream of people gathered, and people coming and going around were walking forward with busy steps. Li Zhenruo must carefully hide aside because everyone was a huge monster to him.

       His fur was fluffy and clean. Coupled with his special appearance, he didn’t look like a stray cat, and looked more like some pet cat has been lost.

       And luckily no one came to catch him along the way.

       Li Zhenruo found the door of the appraisal office. He stood on the side of the road and watched for a while, planning to go in first to see what was going on inside.

       In the end, he was blocked by the security guard at the door just as soon as he took a step to get in.

       He tried to go around the guard’s foot, but he didn’t expect that the security guard would step on his tail. He screamed in pain and raised his head to see that the security guard had taken a big broom to drive him away.

       There was no choice but to retreat.

       Li Zhenruo found a corner and licked his tail. His heart is itching with hatred, thinking about the guard that blocked his way. After all, this was the guard’s job, but to step on his tail with his feet! He was loved by everyone, and it was rare to meet such an unloving person!

       He stayed by the side for a while, but Li Zhenruo has not been able to find the opportunity to slip in, and he felt hungry at this time.

       Thinking that it was time for lunch when he was usually at home, he turned around and left with the intention of coming back later.

       Although he was a cat, he was also a cat with principles. Of course, he wouldn’t do things like flipping through the trash can. There was a university nearby. He planned to squat by the canteen door for a while and find some kind-hearted, gentle and lovely female college students to take the initiative to feed him something.

The author has something to say:

Regarding the time of the cat’s rut and sterilization, as well as Garfield’s other habits, I have looked some on the Internet. Anyway, there are various opinions about it. If there is a bug, please treat it as the plot needs it.

The bug that the author mean is  the misinformation.

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  1. Sadie Woods

    All my cats have been sterilized and I don’t feel a bit bad about it. Hahaha! That said, I really would hope they aren’t as smart as this demon cat. 🤭

    Thanks for your hard work translating!

    • hoenimochi

      Thank you <3

      But like maybe your cat was wailing inside its heart because you sterilized it XD
      We'll never know~

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